4th of July

The Best July 4th Celebrations in Calhoun County in 2024

Article By Abby Parks

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Get out your red, white, and blue colors! Independence Day is just around the corner, and Americans nationwide are gearing up to eat heartily, take part in all manner of fun summer recreational activities, and check out the night sky as it lights up with stunning firework displays. 

While many families already have their get-togethers set in stone, you may need some help determining what’s going on in Calhoun County for July 4, 2024. You’ve come to the right place! Our guide to the best 4th of July events in Oxford, Jacksonville, Piedmont, Heflin, and Lincoln, Alabama will help you wax patriotic in a memorable way. 

4th of July Freedom Festival at Oxford Lake Park

If you’re looking for the best fireworks display and July 4th celebration, you need look no further than the Freedom Festival at Oxford Lake Park. Not only do they have festivities planned for the big day–Thursday, July 4th, from sunup till sundown, but they’ve added a weekend event as well. This Saturday, June 29, you can visit the park for its 4th Annual Freedom Fest Car Show. Take a closer look at dozens of vintage cars while listening to live music. Enter a 50/50 drawing for the chance to win prizes. Eat to your heart’s content at one of the multiple food trucks. This is truly a must-see free event that the whole family will enjoy.


Thursday, July 4th festivities start as early 8:30 am with registration for the parade while the Cheaha Winds Community Band plays some patriotic tunes at Liberty Park. The star-spangled parade kicks off at 9am, followed by opening ceremonies at 9:15 am. From 9:30 am on, families can enjoy a petting zoo, carnival games, a pet show, and more. The Oxford Lake Pool will be open for a refreshing dip from 11 am to 4 pm for a nominal admission fee of $2. Food vendors will serve up their best recipes rivaling any family backyard barbeque. Eye-catching fireworks will round out the day at 9 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and literally have a blast!

Jax Fest

It’s nice to have an option that allows you to enjoy a community celebration ending in a professional fireworks display without having to sacrifice personal time spent with extended family. That’s why Jax Fest is awesome because it holds its annual Independence Day celebration a day early. Wednesday, July 3, the whole family can enjoy live music, games, a photo booth, vendors, food trucks, and New Level Pro Wrestling between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm on Public Square downtown. Darn, there are even whisperings of a foam party! This fun-filled free event will conclude with bedazzling fireworks in celebration of our freedom.

Piedmont’s 4th Annual Independence Day Celebration

Another Calhoun County town that really knows how to get more bang for its independence is Piedmont, Alabama, home to its Annual Independence Day Celebration. Slated for Thursday, July 4, 2024, this celebration takes place from 3-9 pm at the Piedmont Sports Complex, with great activities planned for kids like face painting, a petting zoo, a foam party, a magician, and even horseback riding. Meanwhile, folks of all ages can browse through a colorful array of arts and crafts vendors, listen to the band Sherwood Seven from 6:30-8 pm, and then enjoy every July 4th’s main attraction–fireworks galore lighting up the sky from 8:30-9 pm.

Heflin Independence Day Celebration

Just over the county line, the city of Heflin, Alabama puts on an awesome Independence Day Celebration that will knock your red, white, and blue socks off! Held at McIntyre Park from 5-9 pm on Friday, July 5th, there’s so much to do you’ll be seeing stars by the time the fireworks commence at 9:00 pm. First off, the National Anthem will be sung by our favorite local performer Reese Burke, followed by a unique Bike and Golf Cart Parade at 6pm. At 6:30 pm, settle down in your favorite lawn chair to enjoy some live music courtesy of Chad Robertson. 


Kids can enjoy activities like inflatable slides, a foam party, balloons, and free watermelon, while families can dine on old-fashioned hamburgers and hot dogs grilled up by the American Legion 19, or visit one of the multiple food trucks on site. If you’re looking to make your day after July 4th an explosive one, be sure to visit Heflin on July 5th. 

Lincoln’s 4th of July Freedom Fair

A final Saturday pre-July 4th option is located at Lincoln, Alabama’s Angler’s Pointe Saturday, June 29. Its 4th of July Freedom Fair will take place at The Yark from 2-9pm, featuring food vendors, arts and crafts stalls, and live entertainment including Who Shot Lizzie, Double Barrel, and Wayward Son. This festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some star-spangled weekend fun right on the water before the big day comes.

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